Friday, December 28, 2007

Happenings Around Town

Art Whino is slowly but surely putting themselves on the radar with their contemporary art exhibits and art classes. The classes are their newest venture and cost between $400- $600. A little pricey in my opinion, but if Gocco printing, and stencil art is your thing, then I guess it’s worth it. I’m sure you are wondering what the hell Gocco printing is; I Googled it and Gocco Printing is a Japanese printing technique done with a small, table top, plastic looking apparatus. It’s supposed to be a good alternative to screen printing.

This Saturday (12/29/07) the guys at Dissident Display are having a holiday dance party with booze and hot DJ’s. The invite, which I received via Myspace bulletin, informed party goers to give monetary donations for “great holiday beverages”. So, I’m guessing there will not be an abundance of alcoholic drinks, unless you plan on coughing up some cash. The party will be at their gallery/art space, if you need directions or the address just visit them here

I know this is supposed to be an arts and events blog, but I refuse to list all the parties, ceremonies, and orgies taking place on New Years Eve. As I’m sure you know, every venue with a bar and a sound system will be hosting some type of event, so just take your pick from the vast array of over stimulation.

See you in ’08!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Breathe, Boom

Rahaleh Nassri’s production of Kia Cothorn’s; Breathe, Boom is a violently poetic portrayal of a female gang leader's coming of age. This is Corthorn’s first full production in Washington DC. She has been the recipient of a long list of grants and awards including the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award. Breathe, Boom follows Prix, played by Roxi Trapp - Dukes, from ages sixteen to thirty taking a look at her relationships with other gang members and her family. Through short burst of dialog and language that captures the essence of street life; Corthorn manages to draw us into each characters quirks and hearts. Roxi who is a dance choreographer/actress takes the character of Prix to another level using extreme facial expression and body language to express the inner turmoil of being in a gang but knowing that there is so much more to life.

Breathe, Boom runs through January 6, 2008. For more information visit The Studio Theater

Friday, December 14, 2007


In the Spring of 2007 the Transformer Gallery began a “flat file” of unframed works ranging in sizes 16" x 20" and smaller. Wall/paper highlights a number of pieces from this file including works by Andy Kozlowski and Lisa Marie Thalhammer. If the aforementioned artist’s names mean nothing to you don’t feel bad, I have included links to their sites so that when you go to the exhibit you can chat it up with all the artsy folks and not feel all uncultured and stuff. Transformer Gallery mainly showcases contemporary artist and their works, so if that is your thing then this is your exhibit. There 2007-2008 exhibition series is supported by a vast array of foundations including the Andy Warhol Foundation and The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

The opening reception is Saturday, December 15, 2007, 7-9pm. The exhibit runs through January 19, 2008

For more information on the exhibit visit Transformer Gallery
For more info. on Lisa Marie Thalhammer click here
And for Andy Kozlowski click here

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tom Terrell

On November 29, 2007 we lost one of the best music journalist the DC area has ever known; Tom Terrell. Tom Terrell was a phenomenal music journalist who could smell good music miles away. According to his friends he always knew what was going on and never missed a beat. In addition to being a journalist, he was also a DJ and a photographer.
He got his start DJ’ing at DC Space in the late 70’s. From what I hear DC Space was the DC area’s premiere space for artist and musicians, kind of like Bus Boys and Poets, but without the stuffy commercial after taste. He also hosted numerous radio shows on stations across the area including; WPFW. He has written articles for Vibe, Essence, The Washington Citypaper and so many more magazines. His writing style was one of a kind. As soon as you start to read an article by him, you can tell this is a man that is comfortable with his “voice”. So many of us writers struggle to find our voice, but his just poured out into anything he wrote.
Tom Terrell will be greatly missed.

For more information on Tom Terrell and his writing visit Popmatters

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Everybody needs a vacation

I am taking a mini vacation guys. I have A LOT of school work to catch up on. But, don't fret I will be updating Chocolate Milk again, in about a week. So, keep checking back. In the mean time, check out some of my cool links on the right of your screen